Weekly Feature

2011-09-15 / Sports

West golfers seeking return to win column


After going winless in 2010, it’s safe to say the biggest goal for West Seneca West golf coach Lori Potter and her 17 golfers this fall is to get the Indians back to the win column at least a few times.

Having 10 players back from last season’s squad could certainly help in that quest, especially after five of this year’s Indian linksters participated in home course Harvest Hills’ “First Tee” program over the summer. “First Tee” is a nationwide program geared towards getting kids a lot of instruction, as well as lessons in proper manners and etiquette.

Sophomores Jon Needham, Jeremy Wagner, Mitch Feneziani and Matt Sipple, along with eighth grader Brendan Kelly, are all hoping that summer playing experience translates into success this fall. All four sophomores have been with the varsity team since eighth grade, while Kelly played on the squad last year as a seventh grader.

“Through that ‘First Tee’ program, those five guys got a lot of match experience over the summer, so to speak,” Potter said. “I think that’s definitely going to help them, and us as a team, this year. That group of returning sophomores, which also includes Cody Dynarski and Noah Fineour, as well as Brendan, are going to be our nucleus this year. Returning senior Brandon Walczyk and Casey Dynarski will be a part of that nucleus too, as will first-year senior Connor Hoch.”

Rounding out this year’s roster are juniors Matt Moran, Mike Ganis and Tyler Chodkowski, sophomores Gerald Greenan, Nick Lampman and Jim Pohlman, and freshman Chuck Nigro. Ganis is a transfer student from Timon, though he did not play golf there.

“I think that with the talent we have, we should be pretty good as we gain match experience,” Potter said. “There are a lot more kids playing golf outside of just the school season, which is helpful.”

West opened its season Tuesday at Hamburg and then traveled to Orchard Park Wednesday, but information was not available at press time for either contest. The Indians close out their first week of play this afternoon by hosting Lancaster.

“One of the biggest things for us is going to be course management; it doesn’t matter if you can bomb it off the tee if you can’t keep the ball in play,” Potter said. email: jnadolinski@beenews.com


Date Opponent Time
9-15 Lancaster 4:15 p.m.
9-20 at Lancaster 4 p.m.
9-21 at Pioneer 3:30 p.m.
9-22 at Frontier 3:30 p.m.
9-26 Orchard Park & West Seneca East 2:45 p.m.
9-28 at West Seneca East 2:40 p.m.
10-3 Frontier 3 p.m.
10-6 Hamburg 4:15 p.m.
10-10 ECICs at Diamond Hawk 9 a.m.

** Schedule subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For up-to-the-minute information, visit www.wscschools.org/athletics. cfm or call the Athletics Department at 677-3141.

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